Dave Broecker ’83 – football past and present

Dave Broecker ’83 was the quarterback for his Carmel High School team, remembering, “We played every game like it was our last,” which paid off, as the CHS team went undefeated at 13-0 in Class 3A and won the 1978 state championship!  Dave, who is a current Wabash College Trustee, went on to play football at Wabash, and was inducted into the Wabash College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992, having been a four-year starter, All American Quarterback, and NCAA Postgraduate Scholar.

After earning a master’s degree in engineering from MIT and a master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago, he has founded three companies in the past three years and is currently working as a biotech entrepreneur.

Dave still has his hand in football, coaching his son Andrew’s middle school team.  His son, Chris, Wabash ’16, is a linebacker for the Little Giants Football.  He also organized a Class of ’78 football reunion for the Carmel High School homecoming for September 20, for the first team reunion since leaving Carmel.  Click here to read the CHS reunion story (note:  Dave is the one on the first row holding the football!).

Kenneth Rhys Rudolph Memorial Fund for European Summer Study Abroad

Yesterday afternoon was a perfect day for the benefactors and recipients of the Kenneth Rhys Rudolph Memorial Fund for European Summer Study Abroad to meet each other in person.  This year, three students benefited from the fund, which allows students who are unable to study abroad during the academic year to enroll in an off campus summer study program.

The Rudolph Fund was established by friends and family members to honor the memory of Kenneth Rudolph, a 2005 cum laude graduate of Wabash College, who died in a tragic automobile accident at the age of 23.  He so appreciated his own study abroad experience in Stirling, Scotland at the University that his family established a tribute to Kenneth so that other students may have the same opportunity.  The first Rudolph summer scholarship was awarded in 2007.

This past summer, the three Rudolph scholars were:  Adam Barnes ’14, Spanish major, Valencia, Spain; Nate Chapman ’14, English major, Sussex, England; and David Myles ’14, English major, London School of Economics.

From left:  David Myles ’14, Nate Chapman ’14, Laura Rudolph, Dean Gary Phillips, Lauren Rudolph, Adam Barnes ’14, Kathryn Rudolph Diekhoff, President Greg Hess, Dr. Rhys Rudolph.

The Kenneth Rhys Rudolph Memorial Fund for European Summer Study Abroad is administered through the Off Campus Study Office.  Click here for information about the scholarship and how to apply.


Hugh Vandivier '91 — "Locked Up With Vonnegut"

Hugh Vandivier ’91 will call the public eye his home for the next week, starting on September 22.  Hugh will actually be living 24/7 in the plate-glass window of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, during Banned Books Week 2013:  Celebrating the Freedom to Read.

Hugh, who has interviewed Kurt Vonnegut,  will also curate an invitational art show and sale, entitled “Banned Books Re-Covered.” Local artists are creating visual art that reimagines the covers of banned or threatened literature. Proceeds benefit both the artist and the library.  Click here for more details.

Dave Shane '70 named to Indiana Regional Works Council

Gov. Mike Pence has named David Shane ’70 as chair of Region 5 of the 11 Indiana Regional Works Councils. Each group will be responsible for evaluating available career and training opportunities for high school students. Click here for the press release.  Each Council will submit a comprehensive evaluation of the available career, technical and vocational education opportunities for high school students in its region.

Dave is a long-time Trustee of Wabash College.  He recently retired as CEO of LDI, Ltd. LLC, and previously was an attorney with Baker and Daniels.  He has served on the Indiana State Board of Education, as Senior Advisor to former Governor Mitch Daniels for Education and Employment, on the Board of Directors of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the Economic Club of Indiana, and the Mind Trust.

Congratulations, Dave!

Eric Eversole ’94 – Exec. Dir. of Hiring Our Heroes

Eric Eversole ’94, former Navy Reserve Judge Advocate Commander, “has been named executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” program and vice president at the U.S. Chamber. Eric will lead the Chamber’s effort to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment.”

From the U. S. Chamber of Commerce press release:  “Prior to joining Hiring Our Heroes, Eversole spent six years as Attorney Advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission providing legal advice to the chairman and commissioners on issues involving the sale of electric power. In 2010, he founded the Military Voter Protection Project, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and protecting the voting rights of American service members. Eversole served on active duty with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corp (JAG) from 1998-2001. Immediately after his active duty he joined the reserves and in 2011, Eversole was selected to serve as the Executive Officer for one of the largest Reserve JAG units in the Navy.”

Congratulations, Eric!

Photo:  Eric Eversole hosted Andrew Dettmer ’15, left, for an internship with the Military Voter Project in Washington, D.C. in summer 2012. 




Richard Rose ’54, published author

Richard Rose ’54, author, has just released a novel, “The Lazarus Conspiracies.”  It’s a conspiracy thriller based in Chicago, based on research resources from a retired Chicago detective, special victims unit.  The novel is an adapted screenplay that was a top ten finalist in an Illinois/Chicago film screenwriting competition.

Click here to read more about the book and where to purchase.


Tom Halverson '87 is new Chief Banking Officer

Tom Halverson ’87 is the new Chief Banking Officer at CoBank in Greenwood, CO, responsible for the Regional Agribusiness, Corporate Agribusiness and Rural Infrastructure banking groups.  Tom was previously with Goldman Sachs for 15 years in Asia and London, and at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

After Wabash, Tom earned a doctorate in war studies from King’s College London.  Congratulations, Tom!

3 Wabash Men make EBJ’s “20 Under 40” list

Three Wabash men have earned spots on the Evansville Business Journal’s 2013 “20 Under 40” list of outstanding, up-and-coming leaders in the Evansville area.

Reese Hamilton ’97Strategic Sourcing Manager, Vectren Corporation

Chris Cooke ‘98 – Superintendent of Cemeteries, City of Evansville

Tom Bailey ‘00Director of Sales, Vectren Corporation

Each has found his place, determined to support the Evansville community.  Congratulations, Chris, Tom, and Reese!